"Eleven members of the Open Door Youth ministry left on a mission trip to Los Angeles early Saturday morning. They had been preparing and raising funds for this trip for almost the entire last year. They made it safely to LA and are now engaged in outreach to the homeless on skid row and working in a local vacation Bible school. Our ministry has been the recipient of many a mission team so it is exciting to be able to send out some of our own to minister to others. Please be in special prayer for Ernesto, one of the team members. Ernesto is a graduate of our youth ministry and now serves as a youth leader in addition to being an intern at ODM this summer. He was in the theater on Thursday night when the shooting happened. He had gone with several of his friends. We praise God that he and all his friends made it out safely. Pray for him as he recovers from that trauma and pray for the mission team to see God change lives through their service. Specific requests – van to work properly, energy & endurance, relief of headaches for one team member, and changed lives for our youth and for those they meet."